Isn’t it convenient that when an organization is accused of foul play, and the accused entity is tasked with looking into its own alleged infractions … that there’s miraculously no wrongdoing to be found?
Well, that’s exactly what has happened with regard to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency after they were accused of mismanaging U.S. funds.
After being accused of some fairly conniving activities with money sent in their direction, they conducted an investigation into themselves and essentially said “We’re all good, nothing to see here.”
After a U.N. internal probe that kicked off earlier this year, Switzerland will recommence sending money to the U.N.’s beleaguered organization for Palestinian “refugees”.
The internal investigation looked into allegations that alleged the agency had engaged in “fraud, misappropriation of funds, systemic corruption, gross nepotism, and sexual misconduct.”
Yet, it’s not that crazy to be a skeptic of finding no wrongdoing when you’re tasked with looking at yourself; instead of an outside agency doing the probing.
Switzerland was one of many countries that ceased sending money over to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency during the time of the accusations.
This, as suspicions began to rise regarding whether or not the U.N. had legitimately misused $1.2 billion of contributions from the United States in donor funds across the Middle East in the time span of a year.
Of course, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency called the accusations unwarranted at the time as well.
The probe came after an internal ethics report earlier this year suggested mismanagement and abuse of authority at the highest level of the U.N. agency for Palestinian “refugees”; a year after a $125 million donation to its function was halted by the Trump administration.
According to the report, senior management within the agency were alleged to have been engaging in “sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority, for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives.”
The initial report caught the U.N. off guard, and fostered an immediate response from the U.S. Mission to the U.N.:
“We are deeply troubled by allegations of ethics violations & abuses of authority at @UNRWA. We look forward to full transparency and accountability following the @UN investigation.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has released a statement that after the organization took a nice long look into itself, they couldn’t find any evidence of “fraud or misappropriation of operational funds.”
Almost like when you ask your child if they got into the cookies, and they respond that after a long internal investigation, they found no evidence of them having gotten into the cookies.
In what seems like an opportunity to avoid criticizing speculation, Guterres had to find something that could be addressed, so he mentioned that:
“There are, however, managerial issues that need to be addressed.”
That has to be one of the vaguest areas of opportunity ever articulated. Still, afterward he reiterated that all is well within the agency and that some accountancy procedures could be better tuned.
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In an e-mail Friday, the Swiss Foreign Ministry told AFP that Guterres stated in a letter sent to Bern on December 3rd that “the probe uncovered no evidence of misappropriation of funds.”
The ministry has outlined efforts to better manage donor funds put in place by UNRWA:
“Taking into account the measures taken and the confirmation from the UN Secretary-General that no donor funds had been misappropriated, [Switzerland] has decided to resume its payments to UNRWA,” it said.
UNRWA operates settlements and initiatives in the West Bank, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon for so-called Palestinian refugees.
According to their website, UNRWA claims over five million refugees are “covered by our protection mandate,” purportedly including about 500,000 in Lebanon. It has been suspected over the years of supporting extremism and educating Palestinian children antisemitism.
Breitbart News revealed a summer program of UNRWA in 2013 that indoctrinated Palestinian children to hate Jews.
Last year, the United Nations Watch issued a 130-page study documenting 40 UNRWA school employees in Gaza and elsewhere who were active in encouraging terror against Israelis and also promoted “anti-Semitism, including by posting Holocaust-denying videos and pictures celebrating Hitler.”
Of course, since they looked into themselves already, there’s nothing to see here.
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